San Diego As The New Tech Start-Up Community


San Diego aerial view, downtown, Petco Park

When you think of The Tech City in America what comes to mind? …. Probably San Francisco or one of the towns that make up Silicon Valley, right? The “Valley” is home to Apple, Google and Facebook, just to name a few. However, there is a city located at the southern most point of the same state that is on the rise. If you thought of San Diego, you are correct. 

Usually when San Diego comes to mind you think of perfect year round weather along with the surfing, the beaches and the SoCal lifestyle. This is all true. However, San Diego is transforming into one of the premier tech/startup cities in America in front of our eyes. 

In a tight knit community like San Diego, you can basically get a meeting with anyone. From Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs to the CEO of Salk Institute, Richard Murphy. Everyone is actively keeping up with the community and trends of the city. 

Here in San Diego the growing tech scene is perfect for new startups and entrepreneurs looking for an environment that provides the ideal work/life balance. Plus, the Venture Capital money is coming in as well, with $1.28 billion in investments in 2015.1 This money is being invested in many different sectors, from technology to pharmaceuticals to renewable energy.

Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, said, "We have a culture of entrepreneurship and a collaborative environment that you don't see in a lot of other cities". He also added that about 400 new businesses are launched in the San Diego region each year.

Some startups often get lost in the idea that they have to launch their company in Silicon Valley in order to receive any type of funding. This could not be farther from the truth. You have to know what you're good at and build from there. This building process doesn’t necessarily have to take place in Silicon Valley, which is why many new ventures are making the city of San Diego home. 

The White House recently named San Diego a TechHire city, recognizing the city’s advancements and innovation in energy, transportation, data, infrastructure and IoT devices. San Diego has also started to adopt new, connective technologies to make urban living more efficient and cost-effective. This is part of the reason our team decided to make the move to San Diego rather than Silicon Valley. We recognized all of the room for growth the city has to offer. “To see that it (San Diego) is becoming a TechHire City is great for us, because it means that we’re going to be able to have more resources when we need them. People are going to be seeing that this is a place on the map, just like we did, and that’s what we’re really excited about.” as Nick Phillips (CEO) stated in a recent interview.2 The networking aspect here is outstanding, the people you will meet are life-changing and the beach is a nice plus too.

We cannot thank our initial partner, CyberTECH, enough for the co-working space and incubation they offer, as well as our team of advisors; Dr. Daniel Haders II, Darin Andersen and Mark Pretorius. None of this would have happened without San Diego. 

Make sure to stay in the loop with what we have going in our startup journey by subscribing to our mailing list. Also, make sure you check out a recent interview with CW6 San Diego, where we highlight how San Diego is on the rise as the go-to tech hub in America, over places like Austin and Silicon Valley. The link is below.

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1 Kate Rogers. CNBC. This city is taking on Silicon Valley as a start-up haven. 2016.
2 Audra Stafford. CW6 San Diego. Tech startups choosing San Diego over Austin, Silicon Valley. 2017.